Related formstouch·ing·ly, adverbtouch·ing·ness, nounun·touch·ing, adjective
Definition for touching (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
- to strike the strings, keys, etc., of (a musical instrument) so as to cause it to sound.
- to play or perform (an air, notes, etc.) on a musical instrument.
verb (used without object)
- the act of approaching someone for money as a gift or a loan.
- the obtaining of money in this manner.
- the money obtained.
- a person considered from the standpoint of the relative ease with which he or she will lend money: I can always hit him for ten—he's an easy touch.
- an official mark put upon precious metal after testing to indicate its purity.
- a die, stamp, or the like for impressing such a mark.
- an identifying mark impressed on pewter by its maker.
- to represent or characterize precisely.
- to cause to ignite or explode.
- to give rise to; initiate: This incident will touch off another crisis.
- to mention a subject briefly or casually; treat of in passing: In his lecture he touched on the major aspects of the controversy.
- to come close to; approach.
- to relate or pertain to.
- to make minor changes or improvements in the appearance of.
- to modify or improve (a painting, photograph, etc.) by adding small strokes or making slight changes.
- to rouse by or as if by striking: This should touch up your memory.
Origin of touch
Examples from the Web for touching
Their solidified friendship is one of the most touching details of the premiere, but it also puts Branson in a tricky predicament.
We are talking about public gatherings, people will be together, dancing, sweating, and touching each other.
This is one of the most subtle and touching aspects of the profession.
Dead bodies were to be covered in bleach, and typical burial rites of kissing and touching ignored.
The washing, touching, and kissing of these bodies—typical in many West African burials—can be deadly.
There was really a touching truth in it, the stuff of—what did people call such things?The Sacred Fount|Henry James
“On deck, sir,” replied the big boatswain, touching his cap to the principal.Up The Baltic|Oliver Optic
I paused involuntarily, not from any idle curiosity, but because I could not listen to such a touching appeal unmoved.Pride|Eugne Sue
The rifleman appeared from the darkness, touching his cap to me.The Maid-At-Arms|Robert W. Chambers
To a reflecting mind, the scene was touching beyond description.
British Dictionary definitions for touching (1 of 2)
Derived Formstouchingly, adverbtouchingness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for touching (2 of 2)
- an official stamp on metal indicating standard purity
- the die stamp used to apply this markNow usually called: hallmark
- the act of asking for money as a loan or gift, often by devious means
- the money received in this way
- a person asked for money in this wayhe was an easy touch
- to finger (the keys or strings of an instrument)
- to play (a tune, piece of music, etc) in this way
Derived Formstouchable, adjectivetouchableness, nountoucher, nountouchless, adjective
Word Origin for touch
Medicine definitions for touching
Related formstouch•a•ble adj.
Idioms and Phrases with touching
In addition to the idioms beginning with touch
- touch and go
- touch base with
- touch bottom
- touch down
- touched by, be
- touched in the head
- touch off
- touch on
- touch up
- common touch
- finishing touch
- hit (touch) bottom
- in touch
- lose one's touch
- lose touch
- not touch with a ten-foot pole
- out of touch
- put the arm (touch) on
- soft touch